Oil painting on canvas, A Classical Landscape with Peasants fording a Stream by Francesco Zuccarelli RA (1702-1788). Women and children in foreground with animals, one on horseback with a child, man seated on the riverbank, town in background. A peasent woman and child on a grey pony, accompanied by a dog are fording a stream, another, herding animals,is carrying a child; an angler is seated at the left. Attached to a curved stretcher, inserted into a 18th centry frame of the same shape which is designed to hang on a concave a wall. It was proabaly acquired from the artist before the drawing room was altered by Wyatt in 1794 presumably during his stay in England either betweeen 1752-62 & 1765-71. A modern copy was made for its as a companion.
Presumabaly acquired from artist during his stay in England either betweeen 1752-62 & 1765-71; Shugborough sale, 1842, lot 30; bought by Mandin (?) for Lord Lichfield; transferred to the National Trust with Shugborough’s park and contents of the state rooms, in part-payment of death-duties to the Treasury, following the death of Thomas, 4th Earl of Lichfield (1883 - 1960)
Shugborough, The Anson Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
Francesco Zuccarelli, RA (Pitigliano 1702 - Florence 1788), artist